Wheels For The World

God’s Power at Work Through You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 28, 2014
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Flor with his familyIn a culture where disability is often the cause of shame for a family, Flor’s parents have tried to make her life better. But they simply don’t have the means to do enough. When Flor was lifted into a specialty chair at a recent Wheels for the World outreach, her parents were speechless. “Who gives such a thing without cost?” they whispered. “What kind of love comes so far with so much?” Jesus’ love does. The Gospel is shared with Flor’s parents. It’s a message they’ve never heard before, a love they know nothing about, a promise and a future they can’t wait to say YES to! And they do. On this day, they become God’s own children and received more than they could ask or imagine by His power at work in you.

You Sent the Gospel… Mom and Daughter found New Life!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 25, 2014
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Yida and he rmotherWhen you give the gift of a wheelchair, even a child like Yida will ask, “Why…? Why would you care about me…? Why would you give me such a gift…?” In developing nations, like Peru, no disabled child or adult expects anyone to care that much. Yet the answer is simple to give: Because Jesus loves you so much. And just that quickly, the door to eternity is opened. For Yida, as soon as she heard the Good News she wanted to receive it all. “I want Jesus to be my best friend!” she cried. Her mother Marilous agreed, and together they prayed to receive El Salvador (the Savior). They came to Wheels for the World for a wheelchair, but left with Jesus and a brand new walk of faith together!

Your Gift Keeps Giving

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 17, 2014
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Nedic with PatrickNedic wasn’t looking for God when she showed up at our Wheels for the World distribution in Peru. The needs of her son, Patrick, compelled her to come. Nedic is a single mother who heard about Joni and Friends from a neighbor. “These people will show you love and help you,” the neighbor said. And Nedic needs help. She’s drained of strength, energy and resources. Too tired to go to church, she’s fallen away from friends, fellowship and the Lord Jesus. But God used Patrick to lead her back. “Today God is giving me new eyes to see my son as He sees him,” she says. “This wheelchair is God’s gift to my son so he will always know that he is special to God. And it is a gift to me, too.” With your prayer behind the gift of a wheelchair, God has blessed not one life today, but many – including Nedic’s. Thank you for loving and restoring families, in Jesus’ name.

New Shop, New Wheels, New Life

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 28, 2014
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Inmates restoring wheelchairs for Wheels for the WorldLast month was exciting as we opened a new Wheels for the World Restoration Center at the New Mexico Department of Corrections. With 14 Wheelchair Restoration Centers located within correctional facilities across the country, this was the first in New Mexico. In addition to restoring wheelchairs, this center brings hope and change by providing a give-back program for high-risk inmates. Through Wheels for the World, inmates who have been convicted of gang-related crimes have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people affected by disability around the world. The inmates in New Mexico began to shed their hardened exteriors during training when they were shown the meaning of their work. After viewing a powerful video about Didina, a Romanian woman who had been lying in bed for 30 years until she received a wheelchair, the inmates saw the...

Thank You for Giving the Gift of Hope

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 26, 2014
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Mirna in her new wheelchairMirna is filled with smiles and the joy of the Lord. She has never had a wheelchair or been to school – but her mild cerebral palsy hasn’t taken away her hopes and dreams. “I want to be a nurse or social worker!” she says eagerly. Knowing that she is capable, intelligent and full of potential, her parents have prayed and waited for God to show them the next step. “Psalm 146 says, ‘Blessed is he whose help is in God, whose hope is in the Lord!’” says Mirna. “Today God has rewarded our hope!” Blessed indeed – because the wheelchair her Heavenly Father sent through you was a perfect size and fit for Mirna. It was waiting just for her, with few adjustments needed! Mirna beamed and giggled like a daughter who has been given a jewel by her loving Father – because she has. But the jewel you gave that day was better than any diamond...

Wheels for the World: It’s About Restoration

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 24, 2014
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Inmates working at a Wheels for the World Restoration CenterDid you know that the wheelchairs you send have already changed lives – even before they’re shipped overseas to a Wheels for the World distribution? Chairs are collected by devoted Chair Corps volunteers and transported to Joni and Friends Restoration Centers, located within correctional facilities around the country. Here, inmates are trained to become mechanics, restoring the wheelchairs to like-new condition – and in the process, their own lives are restored. At every location, men are eager to work at the Restoration Center. They know something life-changing, something eternal, is happening inside. “I never would have known Christ’s love if I hadn’t been here,” said one mechanic. “I met Jesus here...and man, I’m different now.” “This is the first time I have ever reached out to help somebody,” said another mechanic. “It gives my life new meaning to know...

Your Love Runs Deep

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 10, 2014
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Caesar in his wheelchairLast year, through the power of your prayer and generosity, Caesar received his first wheelchair from Joni and Friends. “His life changed immediately!” said his mother Josephina. But Caesar continues to face challenges. Because he can’t walk or run like other boys, Caesar’s father does not believe Caesar is a whole person. Lack of understanding is one of the greatest barriers facing disabled people in developing nations. That’s why Joni and Friends is educating local pastors and lay leaders to understand God’s heart for children like Caesar. One by one, minds and hearts are opened, as God’s truth erases lies and stigmas that run so deep. Today, Caesar’s smile reveals a heart full of anticipation. “Without this wheelchair, I would be crawling on the floor,” said Caesar. “I thank...

Your Prayers Opened the Door to Alexia’s Future

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 1, 2014
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Alexia with the "Joni" book in her new pediatric wheelchair“In countries like mine [Romania], having a disabled child like Alexia brings despair because of prejudice and social poverty,” said Simona, who brought her daughter to a recent Wheels for the World outreach. “We have no hope of gaining what we need for our children.” So Simona turned to God and began to pray for an answer. “Instead of hopeless, I began to find hope in God as I prayed.” And God’s hope does not disappoint! Your support and prayer supplied little Alexia with a beautiful pediatric wheelchair, which was carefully fitted to her by a Wheels team therapist. And for the very first time, Alexia is able to sit up and see clearly in front of her. With every wheelchair and Bible you give through Wheels for the World, a disabled child or adult also receives Joni’s autobiography. Her story of faith in Jesus, even in the midst of hardship, opens hearts to the Savior. When Joni tells her heartfelt, real-life story, disabled children and adults come face-to-face with God’s love for them, too. “You have opened the impossible door for Alexia!” said Simona. “Alexia is eager to learn and understand...

Wheels for the World

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 25, 2014
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boy in new pediatric wheelchairIn the early years of ministry, a small team from Joni and Friends traveled to a disability training conference – and took along 180 wheelchairs. These were quickly distributed, and the need for more was clear. Thus began Wheels for the World. Since then, your tremendous support has delivered Bibles and wheelchairs to more than 90,000 recipients in 105 countries. Over 11,000 people have received Christ as their Savior. Would you like to be a part of a Wheels for the World outreach? Visit our Wheels for the World page to learn how you can get involved!

Happy Anniversary to You, Ministry Partners!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 3, 2014
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Ninived in her new pediatric wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldJust weeks ago, your prayer launched a Wheels for the World team into a rugged area high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The team arrived on the very day that a city-wide March for Jesus was taking place. Over 2,000 people heard for the first time about God’s love for people with disabilities. Among them were Sarah and her 5-year old daughter Ninived, who was born with cerebral palsy. “We heard a story from the Bible about a man who gave a banquet,” said Sarah. “The man told his servants to go out quickly and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame so that his house would be full.” Sarah continued, “We were told by Joni and Friends that we were welcome to come and receive the love of Jesus and the help you came to share with us.” Little Ninived received her first wheelchair the very next day. Ninved’s face beamed! Sarah rejoiced! “The Lord has done a miracle and provided this wheelchair for us through you.” In 1979, God gave Joni and Friends a mission taken straight out of Luke 14: “Go quickly! Bring them in!” Thirty-five years later, you are helping advance that...

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